What does this church think about racism?

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s obvious, but racial segregation still exists in the Church.  It’s not normally forced, though this surely happens, but it occurs when people segregate themselves from one another by joining churches that express their earthly culture.  Obviously, the horrors of the slave trade still have an influence, and racism won’t be completely purged from the […]

Why are you part of a denomination?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Though many Christians cannot imagine the Christian life without denominations, an increasing number see them as things of the past.  This latter group frequently views them as culturally-driven communities: “This church is dressier, that church is filled with societal elites, that church is for blue-collared folks, etc.”  Therefore, why be a part of a denomination?  […]

Why do you preach a catechism? That’s not Scripture.

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Different kinds of people find their way into Reformed churches.  Sometimes, they are newly converted to the Christian faith or they had experienced a time of backsliding.  At other times, they are from a church that has become liberal or severely misguided.  It is this latter group of people that may hear “Catechism Preaching” and […]

Why is worship such a “one-man show”?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

One phenomenon we are continuing to experience, which has been identified by Nathan Hatch in The Democratization of American Christianity, is that our view of church ministers has changed within our American environment, where we have placed such a high value on the equality of all.  We have sought to ensure that abuses of clerical […]

Why is your liturgy so old-fashioned?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

The way we worship is strange to many Christians today.  With the rise of movements like “the Jesus movement,” being “seeker sensitive,” and being “contemporary,” came a decline in historic Christian patterns for approaching God.  It is now common for singing to occupy the first half of the service and the sermon to take up […]

Why all this talk about the Law and sin?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you have been in our congregation for any amount of time or you’ve taken a careful look at our liturgy, you know that we make a big deal out of the Law and our sinfulness.  Our sermons make constant reference to our sin and guilt, and we constantly are seeking to understand the work […]

Why are there children in the worship service? Do you provide childcare?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

As anyone that’s been a parent knows, it’s hard work and a great responsibility.  There’s even an increased responsibility for Christian parents to raise their children in the fear and discipline of the Lord, with the goal that, by God’s grace, they will profess the faith with their own mouths. Every Christian parent desires this, […]

How should we dress when we attend WRC?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Most of us have done it – we’ve gotten on church websites or consulted friends to try to figure out how a church expects us to dress.  I’ve heard of one church being called “The Suits Church” and others loudly assert their informality.  What does Westside Reformed think? The first thing to emphasize is that […]